“Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015” (H.R. 2675)
Companies currently sell “replica” cars without drive-train components to consumers. Generally, these are cars that resemble vehicles produced over 25 years ago.
HR 2675 would provide companies with the option of selling up to 500 replica cars a year to consumers as completed vehicles, while still selling kits to enthusiasts who prefer to build the vehicles themselves. Enthusiasts would also still have the ability to build specially constructed vehicles that don’t replicate older vehicles.
The states have categories for these replica and kit cars, many of which allow them to be titled and registered by the model year that they most closely resemble (ex: ’32 Ford, ’63 Cobra). They are collector cars shown-off at car shows, exhibitions and on the weekends, not daily drivers.
Why is HR 2675 necessary? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) only has a “one-size-fits-all” method for regulating commercial vehicle manufacturers and views turn-key replica cars to be current model year vehicles and subject to the same rules as companies that produce millions of cars. This bill provides separate regulations that will enable smaller companies to produce ready-to-drive replica cars for consumers that prefer that option.